Capital Plan Overview

Capital Plan Submission

Each year, Rocky View Schools (RVS) prepares a ten-year facility plan and a three-year capital plan that outlines the new schools, additions and renovations that are required to meet the accommodation and program needs within the jurisdiction. RVS’ accommodation requirements are determined by monitoring subdivision applications in resident municipalities, housing starts and completions as reported by CMHC and through discussions with subdivision developers and the municipal planners. Program needs are evaluated through consultation with administration and the Board of Trustees. From these reviews, capital needs are then identified and a list of priorities is drafted and approved by the Board.

Once submitted, three-year capital plans are reviewed by the province and individual projects are prioritized in relation to all provincial submissions, i.e., advanced education, hospitals, roads, and corrections within the province, to determine which projects will receive approval and funding.

Alberta Education Capital Priorities

Alberta Education prioritizes capital funding for projects by:

  1. Health and safety issues
  2. Student growth
  3. Programming needs
  4. Comprehensive modernization or additional non-instructional spaces
  5. Cost savings
  6. Other school or community needs

Calgary Metro Area

In recent years, Alberta’s robust economy has fueled a significant population growth in the Calgary Metro Area. The smaller communities around Calgary, which feature affordable housing and a desirable quality of life, attract 18 to 20 percent of the people moving into the Calgary area. Housing starts have rebounded to pre-2008 numbers in the communities around Calgary.

Unlike Calgary, many of Rocky View’s suburban municipalities do not have a base level of infrastructure that allows easy absorption of the population growth. Consequently, Rocky View Schools is struggling to provide adequate educational facilities in several communities within the Division.

From September 2010 to September 2015, RVS will have an additional 2,844 students (these numbers do not include Catholic, Francophone and alternate school students). This growth is concentrated in Chestermere, Airdrie, Cochrane, and Langdon. By 2015, RVS’ facilities are expected to be operating at 100.2 percent utilization, with the Airdrie sector at 115.4 percent.

2012 - 2015 Capital Plan

No capital funding was received for RVS’ 2009-12, 2010-13, or 2011-14 Capital Plans. RVS’ current Three Year Capital Plan, for the 2012-15 budget years, requests 10 new facilities, 5 addition/renovation projects and 1 significant modernization. On May 24, 2011, the province approved the following Capital Projects:

  • New Airdrie Middle School (Sagewood), capacity 700, built out to 900
  • New Airdrie High School, capacity 1000, built out to 1200
  • New Chestermere K-8 School (Kinniburg), capacity 600, built out to 900

These projects are scheduled for a 2014 opening.

On December 16, 2010, the Board passed a contingency plan to bridge some of the emerging accommodation needs. This plan identifies emergent needs up to 2013 and includes nineteen new portable classrooms, the relocation of twelve portable classrooms, the construction of an outreach facility for the Chestermere sector (required because of a lease termination), a 150 capacity school in northwest Airdrie and a 125 capacity school for west Airdrie.

On June 2, 2010, RVS received approval to sell the former Alberta Transportation Building in Airdrie. The proceeds from the sale of this building will be used to fund the contingency plan projects for September 2011 and 2012: fifteen new portables, the outreach facility and the 150 capacity school for NW Airdrie. Approximately $8 million in additional funding is required for the projects remaining in the approved contingency plan and for the additional projects required to bridge the accommodation needs until the opening of a new facility.

Capital and Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal (IMR)

The only school currently under construction is Sarah Thompson Elementary School in Langdon. This P3 project, which is being undertaken by the Province, is to be open by September 2012.  The school will include 12 modular classrooms and open at its capacity of 450.

Up to 10 additional renovations and major maintenance projects also are planned through the IMR funding.

For more information

RVS’ Capital Plan and Contingency Plan can be accessed throughthe  RVS public website under Publications/Capital Plans. Residents may also call Director of Facility Planning, John Wheatley, at 403.945.4010.


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